EXPERTS have warned that some home pregnancy tests could give negative results to women who are in fact pregnant. Research carried out in the US found that over the past decade up to five per cent of tests gave a false negative reading. The findings contradict marketing claims by some of the leading pregnancy test companies, which claim to give results that are more than 99 per cent accurate. A team from the Washington University School of Medicine in Missouri looked at 11 of the most commonly used hospital pregnancy tests, which they say work in the same way as those bought from a pharmacy. They found that nine of which were susceptible to false negatives when levels of the hormone fragment were high. The worst one gave false negatives in five per cent of the urine samples of pregnant women tested. False negatives Manufacturers advise that tests taken in the first two weeks after conception could be wrong because pregnancy hormones might not have risen enough to be detected. But the … [Read more...] about Warning as 9 in 10 pregnancy tests ‘give negative results when you ARE pregnant’
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | Don’t Count on 23andMe to Detect Most Breast Cancer Risks, Study Warns Advertisement Supported by ByHeather Murphy April 16, 2019 In 2010, Dr. Pamela Munster mailed her saliva to 23andMe, a relatively new DNA testing company, and later opted in for a BRCA test. As an oncologist, she knew a mutation of this gene would put her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She was relieved by the negative result. Two years later, after she learned she had breast cancer, she took a more complete genetic test from a different lab. This time it was positive. A study released earlier this month suggested that this experience could be widespread. Nearly 90 percent of the 100,000 participants, who carried a BRCA mutation, would have been missed by 23andMe’s test, geneticists found. The finding has … [Read more...] about Don’t Count on 23andMe to Detect Most Breast Cancer Risks, Study Warns
(CNN)Strangers have called them monsters, trolled them on social media and said their living children should be taken away. Their darkest moments are judged and politicized by figures who know nothing about them. They feel like involuntary pawns in an ugly, vicious game they didn't ask to play. Women who've had abortions later in their pregnancies are "bonded in a sisterhood through a club nobody ever wanted to be a part of," one woman said. She was one of half a dozen women who recently shared their stories with CNN. They chose to speak up after President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass legislation that would ban "late-term abortion," a phrase derided by ob-gyns. We heard from women whose lives depended on terminating their pregnancies and others who learned that the babies they desperately wanted would not survive -- or would suffer if they did. Some of them have signed onto an open letter now circulating online, titled "We are later abortion patients," to give themselves … [Read more...] about They had abortions late in their pregnancies. These are their stories
The reason there wasn't a post yesterday is simple. The night before, I was feeling a bit under the weather. As a result, I went to bed early, neglecting my blogly responsibilities. As I result, I missed the release of a whopper of a study that normally would have been all over like...well...choose your metaphor. On the other hand, the one day delay isn't necessarily all bad because it lets me see the reaction of cranks to this study, the better to apply some not-so-Respectful Insolence to it. The crankiest of these cranks, of course, is Mike Adams, a grifter deep in the thrall of any form of pseudoscience that he can sell to burnish his brand and keep the rubes buying and who knows how to whip his minions into a fine frothy head of anti-pharma conspiracy mongering. In actuality, though, I was a little bit disappointed, as Adams was almost restrained, at least by his usual crazed standards: A CDC-funded medical study being published by the medical journal Vaccine has confirmed a … [Read more...] about Does the flu vaccine cause miscarriages?
Five big thinkers — Regina Barzilay, George Church, Jennifer Egan, Catherine Mohr and Siddhartha Mukherjee — puzzle over the future of the future. NOV. 16, 2018 The Tech And Design Issue From Gene Editing to A.I., How Will Technology Transform Humanity? The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville Proteomics Might Have Saved My Mother’s Life. And It May Yet Save Mine. The Human Brain Is a Time Traveler On Instagram, Seeing Between the (Gender) Lines May A.I. Help You? 20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them? The ‘Geno-Economists’ Say DNA Can Predict Our Chances of Success Gaming Out a Chance at Motherhood — Later Data-Driven Medicine Will Help People — But Can It Do So Equally? Climate Change and the Savage Human Future Jokes From the Future Group 3 Created with Sketch. Group 3 Created with … [Read more...] about From Gene Editing to A.I., How Will Technology Transform Humanity?